Andrew MacPherson has been appointed as the new chairman of Farmax. The experienced business owner, manager and director has been appointed for a three-year period and takes the reins from retiring chairman, Dr Greg Lambert.

Mr MacPherson, a former director of AgResearch, of which Farmax is a wholly-owned and independent subsidiary, said the FARMAX decision support tool had a pivotal role to play in supporting the future of New Zealand’s pastoral farming sector.

“And now more than ever, thinking farmers need powerful evidence-based software support tools, which are backed by science and leverage close relationships with reputable sources like AgResearch, to create sustainable business plans for farmers that are capable of meeting the challenges posed by climate change and water quality issues.

“I am confident that Farmax has and will continue to play an essential part in supporting farmers, farm consultants and bankers and I want Farmax to grow in size and expand our footprint in New Zealand by producing powerful, practical and user-friendly software solutions to enhance the productivity and profitability of New Zealand’s pastoral sector.”

Mr MacPherson, who was appointed to the role by the AgResearch board, has enjoyed a stellar career in the agribusiness sector. He is chairman and co-owner of Sewell Peak Farm Ltd, an intensive 950 cow dairy farm near Greymouth.

He also served on the board of Westland Milk Products.

The former veterinary surgeon founded, owned and managed vet practices in the Waikato region, and then went onto establish his career in governance roles in a number of industries including as a director and then chairman in the genetics industry before successfully running for election to the Waikato Regional Council last year.

With experience as a farmer, vet, business executive, director and politician, he said he was uniquely placed to lead a business that will provide farmers with science-backed information to grow their businesses in a landscape also influenced by an evolving regulatory framework.

“I’m looking forward to putting all my skills and experience into action at Farmax which is in a great position to support New Zealand farming in no small part due to the wisdom and acumen of Greg Lambert. Greg is a personal friend and his support over the last few weeks has been extremely helpful. I’d like to pay tribute to him and assure our customers that I will strive to emulate his successful tenure as Farmax chairman.”

Farmax chief executive Gavin McEwen welcomed the announcement of the appointment of MacPherson as Farmax chairman. “Andrew brings to the board a valuable skill set that will add real value to the governance of a company whose products make a positive difference to pastoral agriculture.”

Mr McEwen also acknowledged the tenure of Dr Lambert who “has helped guide and position the company for future growth to make an even greater impact in the sector.”

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